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Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital

You can visit the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital web site by clicking the image below or scroll down to view key information about the hospital:

Alex website

This page will provide you with key information about the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital.

Click on the links below to jump to your chosen section:

Contact us

How to get to us

Map of where we are

Map of hospital site

Directions within hospital site and to Children's A&E

Visiting times





Contact us

Eastern Road
Brighton BN2 5BE

+44 (0)1273-696955

Do we have an A&E? YES

Should I go to A&E?


How to get to us

Pay-and-display car parking is available on site however this is over-subscribed and long waits are common.  There is limited short-term on-street pay-and-display parking in the vicinity of the hospital, however we recommend that you use public transport if at all possible.

By bus

There are several bus stops that serve this site on Eastern Road.

Routes 1, 1A, 7, 14B, 14C, 23, 37, 37A, 37B, 40X, 47, 52, 57, 71, 73, 94A, N7 all stop outside the hospital. Bus times can be obtained from Brighton and Hove Bus Company on 01273 886200 or online by clicking the links below.

Brighton bus times

For real time bus information click here

For travelling between hospital sites, there is the 40X bus service that runs between the Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital sites on an hourly basis. This service is free to patients carrying their appointment letter.

Please note, the date of the appointment must be the same as the date you are travelling.

By train

The nearest train station to the hospital is Brighton Station. From outside the station you can catch a bus (see details above) or get a taxi. There is a taxi rank directly outside the front of the station.

Click here to view details of the Patient Transport Service

By car: directions from M23

  • M23 to A23 to the outskirts of Brighton – follow signs for the town centre/seafront until the fire station on your left at Preston Circus.
  • Turn left at the fire station into Viaduct Road, turn right at the traffic lights at the top and follow the road down.
    Bear left at the traffic lights and right into Grand Parade.
  • Head towards the seafront until you see a sign directing you left to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Turn left into Edward Street.
  • Continue up the hill, passing the American Express building on the left, through one set of traffic lights. This brings you into Eastern Road. Continue along Eastern Road, passing the Gala Entertainment Centre and then Brighton College on your left.

The main entrance to the hospital is on the left hand side of the road.

Disabled parking bays are available in the car parking areas.


Map of where we are

Click here to view a map of the location of the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital.

The map is provided by Google Maps UK and you can use the same link to get directions to and from the hospital.


Map of hospital site

Click here to view a map of the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital site. The map shows the main hospital buildings and includes locations of:

  • Bus stops

  • Cafe/Restaurants

  • Public toilets

  • Onsite parking

  • Main reception

  • Main lifts and stairs


Visiting times

Any time is possible, by arrangement, according to parent and child needs. Visitors other than the parents can also visit at any time but are requested to leave by 8pm.

Click here for more information about hospital wards and contact details.



The parking facilities available are as follows: 

The multi-storey car park is situated on the North Access Road which is accessed from Bristol gate third entry on the left travelling up Bristol Gate (immediately after the A & E entrance).  

This car park is a pay-on-foot car park. Take a ticket to enter and when ready to leave pay at the machine return to your vehicle and use the ticket to exit. 

The multi-storey has 20 disabled bays located on Level 6 which gives direct access into the hospital and 6 dedicated renal bays for regular renal patients. 

There are 4 drop off/pick-up bays located next to the multi-storey car park (these are primarily for the use of parents/guardians dropping children off for the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital). 

There is limited access to the A&E forecourt with 4 drop-off bays and 2 disabled bays.

At the front of the main hospital site there is a pay and display car park for patients and visitors only - this has 12 disabled bays outside the Physiotherapy Department (Latilla building) and 5 disabled bays by the car park entrance.  

Please note car parking charges apply to all users, including disabled.

The charges are as follows:  

Time parked

RSCH tariff

PRH tariff

Less than 2 hours



2 - 4 hours



4 - 6 hours



6 - 12 hours



12 - 24 hours



Over 24 hours

£18.00 plus the appropriate tariff above for the excess time parked

£18.00 plus the appropriate tariff above for the excess time parked


Free parking on both sites in short stay drop off and pick up bays (20 minutes only) and for motor cycles and pedal cycles.

Concessions are available for Cancer Centre patients, patients who are in hospital for a long period and their relatives and carers.  Parking is free for specific patient groups such as those undergoing regular dialysis.

Income from car parking charges is re-invested in the management and maintenance of the Trust’s car parks and in green travel plan initiatives, including the 40X bus inter-site service between RSCH and PRH, cycle loans and bus pass loans for staff.


The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children – affectionately known as The Alex – was officially opened in 1881 by their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, but its history goes back further than that, to 1868 when the original Brighton children’s hospital opened in a private house in Western Road, Brighton.

In the ensuing years, the Alex became arguably Brighton’s best-loved hospital.

It has a long history of progressive and innovative paediatric care embracing medicine, nursing and related professions, paediatric nurse training and research.

In June 2007, the new hospital opened on the Royal Sussex County Hospital site - the state-of-the-art facility has won an international design award and continues with offering pioneering paediatric care.

It provides inpatient facilities, including intensive care and outpatient care, for children.

This site has a 24-hour emergency care service for children referred by GPs and other specialists.

Map of the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital


Inpatient Information Booklet

Outpatient Information Booklet

Consent Guide for Children and Young People